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Women's March Oral History Project

The Stanford Community Women’s March Oral History Project captures the testimonies of members of the Stanford community who attended the Women’s March on Washington or any of the companion marches held around the world on January 21, 2017. A historically significant event, the 2017 women’s marches are considered to have been the largest day of protest in United States history.

The Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program organized the project as part of its effort to document the history of the university from multiple perspectives and to conduct projects that address recent historical happenings. Interviews were conducted in the spring and summer of 2017. Twenty-one women participated, including undergraduate students, graduate students, alumnae, faculty, and staff. 

 

 

Oral Histories

2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Janet Coleman-Belin, a Stanford undergraduate student, recounts her experience attending the Women’s March in San Francisco. In comparison, Coleman-Belin describes flying to Florida to campaign for Hillary Clinton in the final days of the 2016 election. She juxtaposes the unity and comradery she...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Sridharan, Shriya
Christianne Corbett, a graduate student at Stanford, recounts her experience attending the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Corbett describes coming to Stanford with her husband and two children after living in Washington, DC, for many years, and what it felt like to return for the Women’s...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Priya Fielding-Singh (2018 PhD Sociology), describes her experience attending the Women’s March in Washington, DC. She describes how she and her best friend from college felt it was important for them to attend as feminists. She also discusses how her studies at Stanford on inequality and...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
History
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Estelle Freedman, the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford, discusses her trip to the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. She provides a detailed commentary of her journey to the march with family members and her experience of the day, contrasting it with her...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Michelle Friend (2017 PhD Education- Learning Science and Tech Design) recalls her experiences attending the Women’s March in Washington, DC; her mother’s last-minute decision to attend the march with her, her three friends, and the young daughter of one of her friends; and the...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni, Women's Community Center
Interviewer: Sridharan, Shriya
Marta Hanson (2011 BA American Studies & Feminist Studies) recalls her experiences attending the Women’s March in Washington, DC. She begins by talking about campaigning for Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election and the shock and dismay she felt after the election. She describes her...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Annelise Heinz (PhD History 2015) describes attending the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. She recalls what motivated her to attend the march, the logistics of coordinating the trip to Washington DC, and some of the highlights of the journey. In addition to a colorful narration...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
History
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
In this account of her trip to the Women’s March on Washington, Allyson Hobbs recalls learning about the Women’s March in the wake of the 2016 election and the excitement expressed by students in her class on American road trips at the prospect of attending. She recalls working with her...
| Project: Women's March Oral History Project
History
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
This interview was conducted in 2017 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Audrey Huynh (2019 BA International Relations) discusses her experiences surrounding the women’s marches that took place in January 2017. Huynh recalls an early interest in women’s issues, which she attributes to the book Half the Sky. She describes feeling a connection to the stories of...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Sierra Killian (2018 BS Earth Systems) recounts participating in the Women’s March during the quarter she spent in Washington, DC. Killian was an intern in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice as part of the Stanford in Washington program. She recalls...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Carmelle Millar (2019 BS Computer Science, English), discusses her experience attending the Women’s March in Chicago, IL. Millar discusses how she was visiting a friend in Chicago when they decided to attend the march there and her reasons for wanting to attend. She talks about how it was uplifting...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Justine Modica, a PhD candidate in history at Stanford, discusses her experience attending the Women’s March in San Francisco. Modica recalls being inspired by the politically active undergraduate students in her classes in the weeks before and after the election. She describes chants from...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
English
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Paula Moya describes her experiences attending the Women’s March in San Francisco. She discusses her motivations for attending, narrates the day of the march, and reflects on how various aspects of her identity came into play at the march, especially her identity as a woman of Mexican...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Mariela Pizarro, an undergraduate at Stanford, describes her experience attending the Women’s March in San Francisco. Pizarro describes how her elementary school and her parents helped to inspire her activism with celebrations of Cesar Chavez. She describes the chanting and signs she...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Sridharan, Shriya
Callan Showers (2019 BA American Studies) recounts her experience attending the Women’s March in Washington, DC. She recalls feeling distraught and angry following the election and her excitement when she and other Stanford community members, with the support of professors Allyson Hobbs...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Danielle Touma, a PhD candidate in Earth Systems Science, describes her experience attending the Women’s March in San Francisco. Touma discusses growing up in the Middle East and her interest in science and technology. She discusses how it was important for her to stand up for women in...
2019 | Project: Women's March Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Katarina van Alebeek, a Stanford undergraduate, discusses attending the Women’s March in San Francisco. She recalls her prior exposure to feminist activism and her reasons for attending the march with members of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. Narrating the day of the march, she recalls a...

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